Pea and Pomegranate Salad

Pea and Pomegranate Salad

Pea and Pomegranate Salad

This is a quick, easy salad that is tasty, refreshing and the perfect vegan option to serve at Christmas. But don’t stop there, take this along to BBQ’s as it pairs perfectly with chicken or lamb.

Serves – 6

Prep Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of McCain Peas – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1 ½ cups cous cous
  • 1 cup hot vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbs butter – melted
  • ¼ cup flaked almonds – lightly toasted
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 pomegranate – seeds (arils) only, membrane discarded
  • 2 shallots – ends trimmed and finely sliced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin

Method

  1. Place melted butter and cous cous in a medium heatproof bowl, add liquid, cover and let sit for 2-5 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed. Remove cover and use fork to fluff and separate the cous cous grains.
  2. Meanwhile, place olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and cumin in a small bowl and mix well to combine.

Place McCain Peas, almonds, mint leaves, cranberries, shallots and pomegranate seeds into a large mixing bowl, add cous cous and dressing, toss gently to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve

December Loves

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – it’s December!

It’s Christmas time, summer time, beach time, pool time, picnic time, time to be run off your feet! With that in mind I have rounded up the very best life hacks to get you through the silly season without you looking, well silly.

Dyson V6 Absolute, RRP $899

Dyson V6 Absolute, RRP $899

Dyson, V6 Absolute, RRP$899 – love vacuuming, I know it sounds odd but I find it incredibly soothing and rewarding. I have long known Dyson to be the pinnacle of the vacuum industry, and have wanted one for my very own. The stuff us Mother’s dream of, huh, speed, suction and power, oh my! The mess made by babies, husbands and pets would be match for this animal! Not to mention the mess I make when I’m 45 minutes into a Jamie Oliver 15 minute meal. I need all the help I can get!

Introducing the Dyson V6 – the only engine I’ve ever dreamt of revving. The lovely folk at Dyson and Kids Business sent me this bad boy as an early Christmas gift (you hear that everyone, Dyson + Christmas = great present) and I put it to the test. It effortlessly went from cleaning up shedding pet hair, to a carton of couscous loving sprinkled over the kitchen tiles, carpet and a shag rug by a certain toddler, to a trail of sultana’s Hansel and Gretel would be proud of. And let’s not even talk about the extra gunk it removed from what I thought was my ‘clean’ rug : / 

The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with two heads – one for hard floors and one for carpet, along with all the attachments you would need to keep your every corner of your house looking fine. It’s cordless and has a 20 minute battery life which allows you to zip around the house with it and pull out the big guy for a clean every few weeks. Click here to get yours now!

Dyson V6 Absolute, RRP $899

Dyson V6 Absolute, RRP $899

Cardini’s, Original Caesar Dressing, RRP$5.30 – All hail Caesar, the creator of the Caesar Salad. But really, did you all know he was a real person? I mean the inventor of the salad, not the Roman Emperor. Anyway, it was at Caesar’s Place on 4 July 1924, that Caesar Cardini created the Caesar Salad. Unprepared to feed the number of guests the restaurant had, Cardini, improvised gathered up some staples available in all good Italian kitchens and decided to give his dinner guests a show as well as a meal. So, on a service cart in the middle of the dining room, Cardini went to work with cos lettuce, olive oil, lemons, coddled eggs, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, fresh croutons, salt and pepper, combining the ingredients with such a flourish, it left his spectators in awe. The Caesar Salad was born!

Made from all natural ingredients, with no added sugar or preservatives, Cardini’s ‘The Original Caesar Dressing’ delivers a punchy taste with zero without the effort. Perfect to keep in the cupboard for a super quick throw together lunch over the holidays or even as a sauce for the BBQ.

Cardini's Caesar Dressing

Cardini’s Caesar Dressing, RRP$5.30

Food for Health, Muesli Pod, RRP$3 –  Food for Health, one of Australia’s leading muesli brands, has launched their new range of grab and go muesli pods, full of nutrient-packed superfoods. Each muesli pod contains a shot of milk powder and a spoon, so the only thing to do is add water, stir and enjoy! What more can you want? A tasty, nutritious and healthy breakfast without having a lift a finger. Thank you!

Food for Health, Muesli Pod, RRP$3

Food for Health, Muesli Pod, RRP$3

Merry Christmas all! Have a safe and Happy New Year. X

Christmas Table

Christmas Roast Turkey with stuffing

Christmas Roast Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing

Serves – 8 people

Prep – 30 minutes

Cooking – 3 ½ hours

Ingredients

  • 3kg fresh or thawed whole turkey
  • 1 packet of McCain Sliced Mushrooms
  • 3 rashes of bacon – rind removed and diced
  • ½ cup of pecans – roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 2 celery stick – finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tbs of fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tbs of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbs of fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 ½ cups of sourdough bread – cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a medium pan over a high heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, bacon, rosemary and thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onion is tender and bacon is golden.
  2. Add McCain Sliced Mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and mixture is dry.
  3. Add sourdough, cranberries, pecans and parsley to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Add McCain Sliced Mushroom mixture to the dry ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add eggs and mix well to combine.

TIP: if you’re making the stuffing the night ahead simply add the eggs to the mixture the following day, prior to stuffing the bird.

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160°C. Wash the bird and cavity and pat dry with paper towel. Stuff the bird with the McCain Sliced Mushroom stuffing, ensuring you leave room for the stuffing to expand, and secure the legs with kitchen twine. Cover the breasts, wings and leg tips with oiled al-foil to ensure they don’t burn during cooking.

TIP: if you have leftover stuffing, wrap it in al-foil and place in the oven for the last 30 minutes of the birds cooking.

  1. Place the bird in the oven and for 55minutes per kg. 30 minutes before the bird is cooked, remove from the oven and remove al-foil and pierce skin with a skewer to allow for self-basting.
  2. Remove the bird from the oven, check that the bird is cooked by seeing that the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the bird reaches 80°C and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with McCain Potato Roasts, McCain Baby Carrots, McCain Super Juicy Corn Cobbettes and McCain Peas.

Remember: never thaw a turkey on the bench or in the sink. Always thaw in the refrigerator and allow 13 hours per kg.

Spicy Peas

Spicy, Crunchy Peas

Spicy Peas

Crunchy peas are the perfect healthy snack and so nutty in taste that you don’t even realise you’re eating peas. These little guys are a popular snack food in south-east Asia but they lend themselves to any kind of flavouring, like onion, garlic + chilli powder. They will keep in an air tight container in the pantry for 3-5 days so they are great to keep on hand over the festive season for drop-ins.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of McCain Peas
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Optional – ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Method

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Completely thaw McCain Peas, and bloat with paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This will ensure your roasted peas are crunchy.
  3. Combine spices and salt in a mixing bowl, add McCain Peas and toss to coat. Evenly spread peas on lined roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 30-40 minutes, shaking the tray every 10 minutes so they roast evenly.
  4. Remove peas from oven and allow to fully cool before serving. The peas will crisp up as they cool down.

Enjoy!

Paprika and Parmesan Corn

Paprika and Parmesan Corn Cobs

Paprika and Parmesan Corn

This corn is bad-ass. It’s spicy, tangy, cheesy and zesty; and dipping it in the spiked yoghurt makes for a refreshing mouthful. For a delicious twist, whack the corn cobs on a hot BBQ or char-grill plate for a minute or two each side, at the end of step 3.

Serves – 8
Prep – 5 minutes
Cook – 15 minutes
Ingredients

  • 1 packet of McCain Super Juicy Corn Cobbettes – approx. 8 cobbettes
  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbs sweet paprika
  • 4 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 limes – quartered
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves + full sprigs to serve
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Cook McCain Super Juicy Corn Cobbettes according to packet instructions.
  2. In a small bowl combine yoghurt and coriander leaves, set aside.
  3. Combine sweet paprika and Parmesan in a bowl, rub each cobbette with butter, and sprinkle with paprika and Parmesan mixture.
  4. Place cobbettes onto a serving plate, season with salt and pepper, and top with any remaining paprika and Parmesan mixture. Scatter plate with lime wedges and remaining coriander sprigs. Serve with coriander yoghurt.

Enjoy!

Yumi's, Anytime Range

November Loves

Pitango, Meal Pots for One, RRP$5 – Did you know that 75% of people eat their lunch at their desks each day, and that they are often unhealthy, boring + uninspired? I am guilty of this, and from my life in offices I know the stats are true! Gone are the days of tinned tuna, four bean mix, burnt toast and cup-a-soups thanks to the new range of Pitango Meal Pots for Ones. These bright pots are tasty and full of flavour. Zap in the microwave for 3 minutes and hey presto, lunch! These bad boys are surprisingly filling and wholesome which is always a winner on days when dreams of lunch are the only thing getting you through. Oh, and share your boring lunch on Piango’s Facebook page to go into the running to win a prize pack valued at $1,500. Visit facebook.com/pitangofoods and share a snap of your lacklustre lunch to enter.

Pitango, Meal Pots for One, RRP$5-

Pitango, Meal Pots for One, RRP$5-

Swig Flasks, Harris Tweed Hip Flask, RRP$145 – Want swag? Get Swig. Damn, these flasks are on point. More than just a hip flask, the body of these luxury flasks are seamless and made from one piece of stainless steel – so there is absolutely no risk of leakage. In keeping with its ergonomic design, the base of the flask is flat, so it can be stood up straight for easy filling. This range is housed in Tweed pouch, handmade on the Isle of Skye using exclusive Harris Tweed sourced direct from the weavers and mills on the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Swig offer a lifetime guarantee on their flasks and have never had a return! These guys are made to last. Available from swigflasks.com with worldwide shipping + engraving, which makes them perfect for Christmas!

Swig Flasks, Harris Tweed Range

Swig Flasks, Harris Tweed Range, RRP$145-

Yumi’s, Anytime Range, RRP$4.59 – The good folk at Yumi’s have created a new Anytime range of squeezy pouches that are perfect for topping, dressing, or spreading. This throw in your bag and go range features some classics like curried egg and tuna pate, with the squeezy pouch designs combating the odour issue that can arise if your lunch is left to sit and sweat in your bag/work fridge all day, eggcellent.

Yumi's, Anytime Range

Yumi’s, Anytime Range, RRP$4.59

Prosciutto Pizza

Prosciutto Pizza

Prosciutto Pizza

Prep – 5 minutes

Cook – 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 McCain Regular Crust Pizza Base
  • 4 tbs of pizza base sauce
  • 100g of prosciutto
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • 200g buffalo mozzarella
  • Optional – marinated whole olives – leave the pips in so they keep their shape while baking!
  • Optional – 1 Spanish onion – halved and cut into wedges
  • Fresh oregano leaves – to serve

Method

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 200°C and place pizza stones or oven trays in the oven to heat – this will ensure a crispy pizza base!
  2. Spoon pizza base sauce on to McCain Regular Crust Pizza Base and spread evenly. Top with desired toppings and bake for 15 minutes or until base is crispy and cheese is golden and melted.
  3. Remove pizza from oven, top with fresh oregano leaves, cut into even slices and serve immediately.